This is it — Ford Edge

Performance-tuned Edge ST features powerful 2.7L turbo V-6

Performance-tuned Edge ST features powerful 2.7L turbo V-6

"If you seek comfort, space and affordable tech, it might just suit your needs", we surmised after driving the "regular" Ford Edge SUV.

Ford recently has focused a lot on winning over enthusiasts, developing a performance lineup full of hot hatches, pony cars, off-road trucks and a race-proven supercar.

The Edge ST is powered by a 335bhp 2.7-litre V6 petrol engine that develops 515Nm of torque; power is delivered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and standard all-wheel drive.

The more interesting option is the new ST trim, which replaces the Sport in the Edge lineup. But it should handle with loads more poise and panache.

Ford Motor Company of Canada said it has redesigned its Edge SUV for global export, with preparations already underway for production in Oakville, Ont. Ford plans to export the vehicle, which features an array of smart technology, to 100 countries in 2019.

A new front and rear end will differentiate the 2019 Edge from previous models with help from sleek new headlights, a new hood, and a freshly sculpted front fascia. That's 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque extra compared to the 2018 Edge Sport, which should translate into a notably increased output. The upgraded Sync 3 system expands on the range of possibilities, and includes an 8.0-inch touch screen and a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen premium audio.

The Edge ST will have a Sport mode and a fast shifting 8-speed transmission.

An understated mid-sized people mover, the Edge may seem an unlikely place for Ford to start spicing up its SUV line. Edge owners with a penchant for collecting speeding tickets will surely enjoy feeding that dust to the competition behind the wheel of the Edge ST rather than a lower trim. What's more, the exhaust note will be better, and paddle shifters will add to the drama. This includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Ford will unveil its new 2019 Edge ST crossover SUV at the Detroit Auto Show next week. Such a title was given to the SUV thanks to the inclusion of Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering. There's a more aggressive-looking aero pack, dual exhaust tips, and 21-inch wheels, and there'll be an upgraded performance brake package offered as well - a good idea considering the levels of inertia involved in a performance SUV.

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